Is the German forest facing collapse?

German forests are suffering from drought, pests and storms. Calls for effective and fast help have become louder. The Union-led forestry departments of the federal states are calling for a master plan.

The German forest has many enemies. Because it storms more often and more violently, the forest is, according to statements of the Federal Environment and Nature Conservation, stressed. Massive forest damage, from the Baltic Sea to Lake Constance, is the result.

The BUND speaks after the forest dying in the 1980s already from the “Forest Dying 2.0.” At that time, due to the altered ph value in the soil, trees dropped leaves and needles and died.

Klöckner demands half a billion for afforestation

At the beginning of July, Federal Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) called for the “multi-million trees program.” A reforestation program that is estimated to cost more than half a billion euros. Money to flow from the Energy and Climate Fund. On Thursday, Klöckner will meet representatives from Saxony, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria in Moritzburg near Dresden. Also, Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer wants to be there. Together they want to visit in Auer near Moritzburg a badly pulled wooded area.

Klöckner also wants to convene a national forest summit in September. “Our forest is massively damaged,” she told the “Rheinische Post.” “It is only by joining forces that we can do the mammoth task that lies ahead to save our forest – not only for us, but for future generations.” In August, she will hold a technical discussion with representatives of forestry, timber industry and environmental associations and science. “It’s not just about investing millions in afforestation, but also the long-term adaptation of forests to climate change,” Klöckner said.

“The bad news from the forest does not break off,” said Saxony’s Minister of Forestry Thomas Schmidt (CDU). “Every day new bad news reaches us, so we need to act urgently.” According to him, since 2018, more than 100,000 hectares of forest have been damaged by storms, droughts and pests nationwide. The Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald (SDW) even speaks of 120,000 hectares that have already died. According to this, especially spruce, but also pines, beech and oak trees would die.